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Arsenal unlikely to make any deadline day signings 2

Posted on September 01, 2014 by Nemanja Lazarevic

BBC Sport’s David Ornstein has suggested that Arsenal are highly unlikely to sign any players on transfer deadline day even if they remain in the hunt for a central defender and defensive midfielder.

The Gunners fans were hoping the Professor would sign a quality centre forward as well as reinforce the back line in the dying moments of the summer transfer window, but everything suggests they will again be left disappointed.

The mere fact Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger decided to attend a charity event in Rome on transfer deadline day rather than pursing some of his targets is enough to suggest there will be no new players joining the Gunners during the day.

Arsenal’s Benik Afobe impressing during loan spell with MK Dons 1

Posted on September 01, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will be paying attention to the scoring antics of striker Benik Afobe this season.

The 21-year-old, who currently plays for MK Dons on loan, has been in fine form at the start of the campaign – scoring four goals from six games in all competitions.

He was particularly impressive against Manchester United during his side’s 4-0 win against the 2012/13 Premier League champions in the Capital One Cup second round recently.

Afobe, an Arsenal academy product, has been loaned out to a host of clubs in the past in order to find some form and impress his manager. The England U21 international played for Huddersfield Town, Reading, Bolton, Millwall and Sheffield Wednesday.

Vlaar & Nastasic linked with Arsenal on deadline day 1

Posted on September 01, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal have been looking a signing another defender as the Londoners have little in the way of squad depth at the back. Calum Chambers was brought in this summer, but he is the club’s only cover option at right-back and centre-back as things stand.

Aston Villa centre-back Ron Vlaar is one player that Arsenal are said to have made a “polite enquiry” for, and Manchester City’s Matija Nastasic is another defender option. Vlaar is 3/1 to join Arsenal before the window closes.

Is Radamel Falcao the answer to Arsenal’s striker problems? 0

Posted on September 01, 2014 by David Nugent

Yesterday’s 1-1 draw at newly-promoted Leicester illustrated Arsenal’s need for a new striker. Young striker Yaya Sanogo broke a Premier League record against the Foxes by failing to score despite having seven shots on goal.


Arsenal looked in need of a top class striker this summer, even before Giroud picked-up a long-term injury. Now the Gunners are even more in need of a new striker. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted that the club is open to signing a striker.

Will Podolski finally get game time against Leicester City this afternoon? 0

Posted on August 31, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski being an unused substitute in the Gunners Champions League playoff win against Besiktas, questions are still being asked about where his future lies.

Arsene Wenger’s side next face Leicester City at the King Power Stadium this afternoon, and while Podolski will likely make the bench, it’s unknown if the German international will finally get some minutes under his belt this season.

Following Germany’s World Cup triumph in the summer, Arsenal trio of German players (Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski & Per Mertesacker) were given an extended leave to rest. However, Podolski is the only player from the three not to have played any minutes of football this season, and rumours are suggesting he will be leaving.

Should Arsenal make last-ditch bid for Remy? 2

Posted on August 31, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

While Chelsea are reportedly close to signing Queens Park Rangers striker Loic Remy after triggering his £8M release clause, should Arsenal make a last-minute bid to sign him?

Liverpool were on the cusp of procuring his signature earlier this summer, but pulled out of the deal, with reports from the Liverpool camp suggesting he failed a medical.

Gunners striker Olivier Giroud is out of action until the New Year, and his stand-in, Alexis Sanchez, is new to the Premier League and will take time to find his feet. However, manager Arsene Wenger appears keen to entrust him with the scoring duties and to rely on his squad for attacking options.

Leicester vs. Arsenal Premier League preview 0

Posted on August 30, 2014 by David Nugent

Leicester continues their tough start to life back in the Premier League by hosting Arsenal at the King Power Stadium on Sunday.

The Foxes have already played two other top five finishers from last season. The side from the Midlands gained a very creditable 2-2 draw with Everton on the opening day of the season. Last weekend Nigel Pearson’s side lost 2-0 at title challengers Chelsea.

Both performances will give the Foxes heart though, as they have produced two decent displays. The omens are not good for a home win though, as the Foxes have not recorded a win over the Gunners in 20 years.

Striker crisis: Joel Campbell could be on his way to Benfica 0

Posted on August 30, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Various reports are suggesting Arsenal forward Joel Campbell could be joining Portuguese Liga side Benfica this summer, with the player’s agent reportedly in talks with the club over a deal.

It’s a surprise as the Costa Rica attacker shone while on loan with Olympiakos last season, in this summer’s World Cup with the South American outfit, and as Arsenal having two strikers still currently sidelined with injury.

So Wenger will surely be procuring another striker before the transfer window shuts? He’s been typically coy on any movement for a Giroud replacement so far, but the Londoners will be short up front if Campbell is allowed to leave.

What can Arsene Wenger do with Mesut Ozil? 2

Posted on August 30, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has defended criticism against playmaker Mesut Ozil, describing the German international as “intelligent” and “perfect”. The midfielder has been playing as a makeshift winger this season, but has struggled to shine.

“People are very harsh on Ozil because he’s a player who is easy with his play. Everything he does is intelligent and the timing of absolutely everything he does is absolutely perfect. You never catch him giving the ball too late. There aren’t many players like that.”

Can Alexis Sanchez fill the Giroud void until the New Year? 0

Posted on August 29, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez has been playing a centre-forward for the Gunners this season, and did score an important goal in his last game against Besiktas to aid Arsenal in progressing in the Champions League group stages.

But the Chilean isn’t the same as Giroud in attack, who can hold up the ball and bring others into play. So can he really fill the void?

Sanchez had a poor game against Everton in the 2-2 draw, and his substitution saw Giroud come on in his place and score a late qualifier, while changing the game when he was introduced in the second-half.

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